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Watseka fire investigation continues...

The fire Friday in downtown Watseka remains under investigation.  Fire Chief Tim Ketchum says "there's been no ruling on the cause" despite street talk.  Ketchum said the State Fire Marshall will resume his investigation this week.

The early-morning fire destroyed Shorty's Bar & Grille and a neighboring structure that was used for storage.  No injury was reported.  Eighteen fire departments assisted.

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Milford house fire Saturday, no injury

A house fire in Milford Saturday has the State Fire Marshall investigating. Damage estimates were not available after the family and its pets were chased from the structure at 300 N. Chicago Street.

Milford Fire answered the call. Mutual aid came from Cissna Park, Woodland, Wellington and Stockland. The fire originated in the bedroom of the home. The house sustained smoke and water damage.

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Watseka fire disrupts downtown this morning...

An early-morning fire in Watseka has several area fire departments busy battling flames and the extreme cold temperatures.

The fire at Shorty's Bar...in the 200-block of Walnut Street...erupted about 3 am.  A box alarm alerted several responders.  The cold weather has hampered fire equipment and water supplies.  No injuries are reported. 

Onlookers are asked to avoid the area.  Watseka Police and IDOT are providing traffic control.

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Update: Ford County crash victims identified

Ford County Coroner Rick Flessner and the Illinois State Police investigated a Thursday morning collision between a car and a semi that left two people dead.

Troopers say a car being operated by 21-year-old Kelsey Bridgwater of Saybrook was eastbound on Illinois route 9 when the driver apparently lost control. The car crossed the center line and struck the semi head-on. Bridgwater and a passenger in her car....24-year-old Jesse Charly of Jacksonville, Florida, were both pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver, from Ohio, was not hurt.

The crash occurred on Route 9 at 1300 East Road just past 10 am. The crash closed the route for about five hours.

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Ford County: Elliott home destroyed by fire

A rural Elliott home was destroyed by fire Tuesday, most likely as a result of an electrical issue, said Elliott’s fire chief, Bill Smith.

Volunteer firefighters from Elliott, Gibson City and Melvin spent over four hours fighting a house fire Tuesday. Firemen were unable to save the 2-story, wood-frame house at 816 E and 500 N Road.

Elliott firefighters were called to the fire around 11 am. Firemen were at the scene til about 3:30 pm. No injury was reported. The occupants....a man and his wife....are being assisted by the Gibson City American Legion Post.

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